Hyderabad: Skipper Akshath Reddy (248; 477 balls; 22×4, 3×6) notched up his maiden double century while left-hander Bavanaka Sandeep (130; 221b, 15×4, 1×6) struck his seventh first class ton to take Hyderabad to 523 for 7 in 177 overs against hosts Tamil Nadu on the second day of the second round Group B Ranji Trophy league match at ICL Sankar Nagar Ground in Tirunelveli on Monday.
“I’m very happy with the double century. I worked hard this season and I was very determined to put up a big score,’’ said the 27-year-old opener from Trirunleveli. Akshath beat his previous best score of 196, which came against Mumbai in 2013-14 season at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Resuming at their overnight score of 114 and 74 respectively, Akshath and Sandeep continued to grind the TN attack. Sandeep, who has been among runs this season, got to his well-deserved century off 174 Balls. Hyderabad went into lunch at 359 for 4 in 121.6 overs. Akshath was all praise for his partner. “Sandeep batted exceptionally well,’’ said the skipper.
The fourth wicket pair shared 246 runs before TN broke the partnership when medium-pacer Mohammad scalped the wicket of Sandeep, who edged to slip. TN captured the wickets of Kolla Sumanth and Akash Bhandari to reduce Hyderabad to 397 for 6 in 135 overs. However, Akshath found an able partner in young Saaketh Sairam (42). The two added 109 runs for the seventh wicket. Meanwhile Akshath, who was a picture of confidence, duly got to his double century when he swept left-arm spinner Rahil Shah to the square leg boundary.
Akshath said that it was good to see Hyderabad post a big score. “The ball may turn from third day and we have three spinners in our side,’’ he said.